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Published: 02:14 | 27/3/16

Gavin waits on referee over McCarthy

Dublin boss Jim Gavin says he will wait on the referee's report regarding any possible disciplinary action over James McCarthy's apparent eye gouge of a Donegal player on Saturday night.

McCarthy and Donegal's Michael Murphy were sent off in the 53rd minute of the match, which Dublin went on to win to secure a sixth victory from six games in the competition.

TV replays appeared to show the Dublin wing back gouging Martin McElhinney after he reacted angrily to receiving a second yellow card during the All-Ireland champions 1-10 to 0-07 victory over Donegal at Croke Park.

"I haven't spoken to James about it, but if you look at the tape, it is obvious the sideline official saw it and notified the referee," he told Setanta Sports.

"We have to take that on whatever he sees and roll with it.

"It is swings and roundabout on these incidents in a physical, contact sport - it is challenging for the referee and we will take it and move on."

Gavin singled out goalscorer Philly McMahon for praise for his decisive goal on 66 minutes, with the Ballymun Kickhams' star making space beyond Kevin McManamon to receive the ball before drilling a decisive finish beyond Donegal goalkeeper Mark Anthony McGinley.

"Philly is great at ghosting into those positions, and opposition teams need to be mindful of him," he continued.

"Overall, it was a good team performance, defensively we had a good structure and up front we turned the second half."

Man-of-the-match McManamon admits that the match was not a great spectacle for the 20,340 supporters in Croke Park.

"It was a tough and tricky game between two very physical teams," he told Setanta Sports.

"We were both going at it and trying to disrupt each other, but it was great for us to come away with the two points and keep that record going."

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